Latest Globe West headlines

The latest stories from west of Boston.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Concord ban gas-powered leaf blowers?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Young workers love cities. So what’s a suburban company to do?

For some companies west of Boston, the future lies in enticing this new generation.

Change catches up with West Groton general store

With customers aging and foot traffic down, the owner says Clover Farm General Store may have to close.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Brookline’s Michal Alge has established a new career rebounding mark for Yeshiva University’s womens’ basketball team.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Newton’s Ryan Kim helps Northeastern to title

The 22-year-old had battled significant injuries his first three seasons in college track and field.

UP CLOSE

Lexington author traces trauma’s long reach

Helen Epstein, born in Prague to survivors of the Holocaust, recently published “The Long Half-Lives of Love and Trauma.”

BUSINESS PLAN

Boxborough shoe company finds just the right fit

Camtrade LLC operates two branded lines of high-style women’s footwear at affordable prices — Secret Celebrity and Soft Comfort.

INFORMER

Interfaith discussion, local history, and a blood drive

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Metrowest needs more housing, better transportation

The region west of Boston is economically vital but faces challenges to its long-term growth, according to two new reports.

NATICK

Scholarships available to Natick high seniors

Applicants must commit to pursuing a degree in mathematics, engineering, science or related program at an accredited four-year college or university.

ARLINGTON

Arlington seeking residents to care for conservation land

The Arlington Conservation Commission is seeking residents to serve as members of the Arlington Conservation Land Stewards.

ACTON

Acton seeking residents for Recreation Commission

This advisory committee oversees long-range planning for the town’s recreational facilities.

BELLINGHAM

Bellingham looks to fill board, committee appointments

The town’s Board of Selectmen is seeking residents interested in volunteering for appointments to expiring terms on town boards and committees.

FRAMINGHAM

Two Framingham officals to hold office hours at café

All residents are welcome to stop by Feb. 26 to discuss issues or concerns.

FRANKLIN

Franklin library offers school vacation week options

The Franklin Public Libraryis planning a “superhero training camp” during school vacation week.

LEXINGTON

Panel discussion will focus on 2 Lexington groups

The panel will highlight he Community Endowment of Lexington and the Lexington Education Foundation.

WESTBOROUGH

Westborough holds contest for signs promoting diversity

The contest calls for original artwork that will “promote a positive tone for the community”

FRAMINGHAM

New mayor to give commencement at Framingham State graduation

Mayor Yvonne Spicer will give the undergraduate commencement address in May.

REGION

MassBay Community College and Framingham State University receive state grant

The $10,000 grant will support students in Framingham and Milford Public Schools who may be eligible for early college programs.

NEWTON

Newton to hold hearing on affordable senior housing project

A public hearing on a proposed 55-unit affordable housing development for seniors in Nonantum will be held Feb. 27.

A farewell fist pump from Rene Rancourt

For over 40 years, he’s belted out the national anthem at Boston Bruins games. In April, he’ll retire.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Passion for basketball drives Bedford teen to succeed

Malachi Hazelton has blossomed on and off the court with the help of his family and the Bedford community.

UP CLOSE

At Acton gallery, artists express their love in a multitude of ways

Handworks Gallery of American Crafts is celebrating Valentine’s Day with “lovingly juried” work solicited from New England artists and craftspeople.

Framingham mayor sets goals for city

In her first State of the City address, Yvonne Spicer said a smooth transition from a town form of government is her top priority.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Have a laugh — it’s good for you!

Find out how to improve your health by laughing at “Let’s Laugh Today,” a laughter yoga event held in Franklin.

THE ARGUMENT

Should Medway ban the sale of recreational marijuana?

Read two views and vote in our online poll.

Neighbors oppose Mount Ida subdivision proposal in Newton

The proposal comes as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints looks to build a meeting house and on-site parking on an abutting parcel.

COLLEGE HOCKEY

At Bentley, finally, an ice of their own

The brand new $45 million Bentley Arena is a 76,000-square-foot, multi-purpose facility, but it’s the school’s hockey players, past and present, who will be leading the celebration.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Bridgewater State swimmer Richard Smith of Milford was named Men’s Swimmer of the Week in the New England Intercollegiate Swimming and Diving Association for the third straight time.

INFORMER

A comic book store, a documentary, and a Black History Month event

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

ARLINGTON

First phase of Arlington plastic bag ban starts March 1

The Plastic Bag Reduction Bylaw prohibits businesses from providing disposable plastic bags at checkout.

BROOKLINE

Brookline to host affordable housing presentation

The guest speaker Feb. 15 will offer a perspective on greater Boston’s “explosive real estate and jobs economy” and how that impacts housing affordability.

FRAMINGHAM

Rotary club gives $17,000 for shelter at Framingham park

The donation will be used to help purchase and install a shade shelter that will be located next to the accessible playground.

FRANKLIN

Speaker series kicks off at Franklin museum

The series is scheduled to commence with a presentation on saving the town’s historic homes from demolition.

MAYNARD

Maynard Fire Department gets first female captain

Angela Lawless replaces Captain Peter Morrison, who announced his retirement after 32 years of service.

NEWTON

Newton seeks volunteers for city boards

Newton residents who are interested in serving on a committee for their first time will need to submit a letter of interest and a current resume.

WRENTHAM

Wrentham to hold public meeting on Route 1 corridor study

The town’s consultants on the initiative will present findings from a corridor analysis.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley seeks 300 more households for food waste program

Residents in the program will drop off food waste at the Recycling and Disposal Facility.

WELLESLEY

Wellesley selectmen seek volunteer for Youth Commission

Residents with skills that address youth services, recreation, education, health, and diversity are encouraged to apply for the commission.

Newton swan takes wing after lead poisoning

Veterinarians released the bird back into the wild after weeks of treatment.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Lauren Dillon of Wellesley leads her Tufts teammates, on and off the court

The Noble and and Greenough graduate has taken on an important role in Team Impact, which pairs the Tufts squad with a Cambridge teen with sickle cell anemia..

Should any increases in major state taxes be on the table in state budget talks for next year?

Read two views and vote in our informal online poll.

HIGH SCHOOL GYMNASTICS

On MADS gymnastics team, Sophia Cutler is an all-around leader

Sophia Cutler, captain of the Medfield/Ashland/Dover-Sherborn gymnastics team, competes in all four events — vault, parallel bars, balance beam, and floor — at each meet.

BUSINESS PLAN

This Acton veterinarian makes house calls for kitty

The Katmobile is a mobile veterinary service that makes house calls for cats in 29 cities and towns.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeWest: Noteworthy performances

Dover’s Matt Epstei has won 10 straight matches for the men’s squash team at Colby.

What’s the future of Newton’s Washington Street corridor?

Mayor Ruthanne Fuller has proposed a $500,000 study of the 2 1/2 mile stretch of Washington Street between West Newton and Newton Corner.

UP CLOSE

Wrentham teen marks trails to show others the way

After his own frightening mishap, Brandon Moskal marked trails in the Birchwold Farm Conservation Area.

HARVARD

Information session slated on Hildreth school project in Harvard

This is an opportunity for residents to learn about the latest cost estimates and see designs and drawings for the proposed school.

PLAINVILLE

Special town meeting looks at sewers, drinking water

The Department of Public Works is seeking $150,000 toward the cleaning of a town water tank and an examination of drinking water treatment options.

BELMONT

Nomination papers available for Belmont Town Election

Nomination papers for Belmont’s Town Election are available now at the town clerk’s office.

Blotter tales

BLOTTER TALES

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A couch is tossed off a balcony, boom boxes rule the streets, and other odd tales from local police blotters.

Cartoon Caption Contest

CAPTION CONTEST

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Submit your own caption, along with your name, hometown, and phone number, by e-mailing cartooncaption@globe.com.